[quote=billdag;21125116]I just picked up a (8588 part number) swiveling tilting wall bracket from Monoprice. Although it only spec's up to a 60" TV, it is rated for 175 Lbs. ......
Here's the link:http://www.monoprice.com/products/pr...=2#description
I'm getting my set on Friday so I'll let everyone know what my opinion is of the set and the bracket.
So I got my set yesterday and had it mounted on my new 8588 bracket. Very disappointed. Lots of flex on the mounting plate (the one nearest the TV) and the angle holding screws barely hold. I'll be looking for another bracket. I may forego the swivelling aspect if it will give me a more solid mount. Any suggestions from anyone yet?
I played with the set last night. By no means finished yet but I do have some preliminary observations.......
Black level as stated by Chad is GREAT! No need for dynamic backlighting with this set unless you're maybe watching it in a pitch black room.
No cloudy or corner light issues unless your too close to the set creating an excessive angle to the far side of the screen.
My trusty WattMizer gave me some incredibly frugal readings with this set.
With OPC off and backlight centered at Zero, consumption was a steady 130 Watts which equated to 28.50 per year at 6 Hrs a day / $0.10/KWH.
At the backlight setting of -5, good for a darkened room at night (scale is -16 to +16) consumption is 109 Watts at the same settings which works out to 24.00/Yr under the same conditions.
At FULL +16 backlighting the pictures is blazingly bright (very uncomfortable to watch) but the power consumption still only goes up to 200 Watts which would be $44/Yr at the same 6 Hrs per day and 10 cents per KWH.
I found the default Contrast setting at 32 crushes the whites. I reduced it to 28 and that seems to work well for now.
I haven't quite figured out the Black level yet. A lot of dark detail seems to get lost. I tried increasing the Brightness level but at anything over +1 it raised the black floor overall so I left it at +1.
Haven't played with the color settings yet but Gray shades look neutral to me so it hasn't been a priority.
The Gamma seems to be a little high at the default setting (Movie - OPC and most of the other stuff turned off) so I'm using the +2 gamma setting (brightens mid-tones) for now and that seems to help.
No visible smearing or trailing artifacts were noticed in normal TV and movie viewing. I'm sitting about 11 feet back and I would consider that the sweet spot. Pixar's Monsters Inc. and Toy Story 3 looked fabulous - an immense amount of detail and absolutely clean. I dare say that you get a better experience watching a movie on this set (assuming you're watching from the optimum seating location) than a typical movie theatre.
Off angle viewing is not great though (typical for LCD). The picture loses contrast rapidly starting at something like maybe 25 degrees or so. Colors don't seem to change though.
Overall, I'm really happy with the set so far. The pluses far outweigh the few typical LCD minuses. Here's a couple of pictures. Haven't sorted out all my components yet so pardon the wire mess.